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ABA Therapist Interview Questions

30 ABA Therapist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
How to Answer
When an interviewer asks an open ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This is a great opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

Answer Example
"I am a competitive individual who is driven and likes to win. In addition to my successful career in behavioral therapy, I also spend time playing competitive sports. I give back by volunteering at the local animal shelter and working for a variety of annual fundraisers in our community."
Entry Level Example
"I am a very active individual who loves to workout and go to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my concentration during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer my patients."
Experienced Example
"With pleasure! I am a calm and confident behavioral therapist, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Even though I am quiet, I can motivate my team and keep morale high. The majority of my work has been spent supporting Autistic adults and educating their family members and caregivers. I look forward to working with an agency that holds a focus on rehabilitating children."
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Question 2 of 30
What are the four basic schedules of reinforcement?
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As an ABA Therapist, you know that the four basic schedules of reinforcement refer to the frequency with which a patient receives reinforcement (or a reward) for performing the desired behavior. You can go ahead and answer this question in textbook fashion but have an example handy just in case the interviewer wants you to go into your answer just a bit more.

Answer Example
"The four basic schedules of reinforcement are Fixed-Ratio Schedule, Fixed Interval Schedule, Variable-Ratio schedule and Variable-Interval schedule. I like to use a fixed ratio schedule when working with my patients. Last week I rewarded a patient with a sticker every 3 times they tied their shoes correctly."
Entry Level Example
"From my understanding, the four basic schedules of reinforcement are Fixed-Ratio Schedule, Fixed Interval Schedule, Variable-Ratio schedule and Variable-Interval schedule. I plan to try using all 4 methods with most patients. I am sure that once I become more experienced, I will learn which methods work best for which patients."
Experienced Example
"Great question! The four basic schedules of reinforcement are Fixed-Ratio Schedule, Fixed Interval Schedule, Variable-Ratio schedule and Variable-Interval schedule. I have used all 4 methods with a variety of patients throughout my career; however, I tend to use Fixed-Ratio Schedule most often."
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Question 3 of 30
What do you like most about your current position?
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As an ABA Therapist, what makes you want to go to work each day? Perhaps it is the team that you are a part of or, the excitement of a new case every day. Relay to the interviewer what you like best about your current role. Even if you need to dig deep, you should come up with something positive about your current position.

Answer Example
"In my current position, I work with a team of very talented therapists. I look forward to meeting the team here and building exciting new working relationships."
Entry Level Example
"The thing that I enjoy most about my current position is that I learn something new every day; whether from a patient or a fellow co-worker. I enjoy learning new skills, tools, and ways to treat my patients. I am very much looking forward to doing the same with your organization."
Experienced Example
"I love my patients! Although my current organization is not providing me what I need, in terms of career growth, I am forever grateful for the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible people in the business."
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Question 4 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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Now is your time to get answers to your questions that have come up based on your grueling interview. Steer clear of salary, benefit and other questions that might make you sound pushy or that you are trying to negotiate the terms of a job that hasn't been offered to you yet. Take this time to clarify questions of what hours you will be working, what type of patients they see most of and why the interviewer enjoys working for this hospital or facility.

Answer Example
"Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? In addition, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"
Entry Level Example
"Here are some sample questions: - When would you like to have this position filled? - How long has this role been vacant? - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role? - What is your favorite part about working here? - What is the facility's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months? - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you? - What do you see as the biggest change in this industry over the past 3 years? - Is there any reason why you would not hire me? "
Experienced Example
"I have seen over the years that turnover in behavioral therapy can be high. Could you tell me why this position is vacant?"
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Question 5 of 30
What is one skill you would like to improve upon?
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Question 6 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you deal in uncomfortable situations?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you deal with work stress?
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Question 9 of 30
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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Question 10 of 30
Describe your working relationship with your previous or current colleagues.
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First written on: 12/28/2016
Last modified on: 08/20/2018
Question 11 of 30
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
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Question 12 of 30
Would you be willing to travel to various centers, schools, etc?
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Question 13 of 30
When you suffer a setback with a patient, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 14 of 30
Tell me about an organization or group outside of work that you contributed to.
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Question 15 of 30
What are the types of differential reinforcement techniques?
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Question 16 of 30
Why did you choose a career as an ABA Therapist?
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Question 17 of 30
When have you had difficulty with a parent? How did you handle the situation?
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Question 18 of 30
When have you worked independently before? What challenges do you find when working independently?
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Question 19 of 30
What feeding therapy techniques have you used with your patients?
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Question 20 of 30
Tell me about your experience creating behavior intervention plans for autistic children.
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Question 21 of 30
Do you have experience with one-on-one patient sessions?
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Question 22 of 30
What actions do you take to demonstrate care for your patients?
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Question 23 of 30
Explain to me what HIPAA is, and how that affects your job as an ABA Therapist.
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Question 24 of 30
What is your greatest strength as an ABA Therapist?
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Question 25 of 30
What is your greatest weakness as an ABA Therapist?
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Question 26 of 30
Tell me about a time that a patient's behavior confused you, or didn't make sense. What did you do?
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Question 27 of 30
When you notice a child with aggressive behavior toward others, what type of intervention do you perform?
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Question 28 of 30
What type of certification do you have? Are there any additional certifications you are looking to obtain in the future?
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Question 29 of 30
What experience do you have working with children on the autism spectrum?
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Question 30 of 30
Do you have any volunteer experience related to working with children?
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About ABA Therapist

August 17th, 2017

An ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapist is a professional that studies a patient's behavior to implement an appropriate behavioral intervention. An ABA Therapist combines psychology, counseling, social work, education, and organizational management all into one job. Your patient populations includes children and adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities and learning disorders. You bring your expertise to schools, homes, institutions, group homes and hospitals. Your busy addressing behaviors such as language; social, academic, leisure and functional life skills; aggression, selfinjury, oppositional and stereotyped behaviors. Every patient is different and every day brings a new challenge.

Creativity, free thinking, patience and flexibility come second nature to you. As an ABA Therapist you have to be able to think outside of the box. Creativity is one of the tools in your toolbox to bring out the best in a child. You may conduct an ABA session at the park or beach, create a slideshow of your patients favorite photos or teach them to play an instrument. Your therapy will help teach, increase and maintain behaviors such as life, communication and social skills.

Your resume will reflect your education now you'll need to show the interviewer how you made an impact in your patients lives. To prepare for your interview, do some research to see who your target population is. Have a few short, relevant stories in your back pocket that show your talents as an ABA Therapist. Tell the interviewer about the various tools and programs you use with your patients and your ability to work along side other medical professionals.

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